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the Sukslseoketuks would not care how much
we hunted In those regions of the mountains,
they told us.

The Suksiseoketuk lent us two of their guides
to take us over the Great Divide in the Rockies;
and when they got us over the Rockies and on to
a high plateau which ran between the Rockies and
the Coast Range, they left us and told us to keep
going south, where we would find all of the wild
game we needed.

It was the first time we youngsters had been
away inside the Rockies, and we marvelled at the
thousands of feet of solid walls of rock which we
saw on all sides as we camped, travelled, and
camped. Though it was still late summer, we
crossed several high divides where the snow was so
deep that we nearly lost some of our ponies. They
got stuck to their bellies In the snow, and we had
to pull them out by hitching other ponies to them
and dragging them over the snow until they could
get a footing. But when we got on the plateau it
was very hot and dry, and there was plenty of
bunch-grass for our ponies to graze on.

One day we forded a mountain river, and when
we came out on the other side we were right in
the camp of another tribe of Indians. We did
not know who they were, and they did not know
us. They were not like any Indians we had ever
seen before. They were not tall, compared to